New order brings online news portals and content providers such as Netflix under the ambit of the gov’t in a first step to regulate digital media.

Streaming platforms such as Netflix will now come under the jurisdiction of the information and broadcasting ministry [File: Mike Blake/Reuters]

India’s government has issued an order bringing the regulation of online news portals and content providers such as Netflix under the authority of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in a first step to regulate digital media.

News on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will also come under the ministry, as will audio-visual content on online platforms, according to Wednesday’s announcement.

Apar Gupta, executive director at the Internet Freedom Foundation, said the

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